Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
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Why Choose the HIA Fellowship?
A global education experience
The diversity of our Fellows deeply enriches HIA programs by bringing together participants who represent many different nationalities, perspectives and personal experiences with human and minority rights issues.
Meet world class thinkers and activists
Our curriculum offers an opportunity for Fellows to interact with with leading thinkers and activists on the cutting edge of human rights, historical inquiry and social innovation in their societies.
Produce original research
Fellows share the knowledge they gain in their HIA program by creating in-depth, published articles and teaching tools that draw attention to issues and action that are explored during the Fellowship.
The HIA Fellowship is just the starting point for lifelong opportunities to learn, collaborate and take action through the HIA Senior Fellows network.
HIA Fellowship Testimonials
"Discussing the roles and rights of immigrant populations in Denmark, I arrived at a new understanding that the basic premise of democracy…"
"Discussing the roles and rights of immigrant populations in Denmark, I arrived at a new understanding that the basic premise of democracy always leaves minorities in some danger. Democracy is at its core a system of majority rule. You may leave HIA more conflicted than when you first arrived. But you will be reflecting, then, a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the realities facing human rights advancement in today’s world. HIA’s conferences and discussions have helped me to view these issues beyond my original American centric worldview."
"Many of the issues we discussed I had never thought through. These are stories that often do not make it to the newspapers, because having your…"
"Many of the issues we discussed I had never thought through. These are stories that often do not make it to the newspapers, because having your voice heard requires power which some groups generally do not have. Through these stories, the program invited me to rediscover the society I live in."
"That sharing is the most valuable moment of the HIA Summer Fellowship Programme for me. Each and every one of us had different life…"
"That sharing is the most valuable moment of the HIA Summer Fellowship Programme for me. Each and every one of us had different life experiences, different ideas in our heads, but we were open for sharing them with the group. We learned a lot from all the sessions we had, but I think we learned the most from each other. And from that comes my advice for future fellows – be open to share, question and be questioned about. Let others inspire you, broaden your views, and be prepared to do exactly the same for them."